Now before everyone freaks outs, I only eat 2 eggs with the yolk while the other 4 are only egg whites, but that still puts my total cholesterol for breakfast at ~370mg (AHA previous recommendations were <300mg per day). You may be thinking a number of things including that my blood cholesterol levels must be crazy high and my heart and arteries must be unhealthy. Well, that is not exactly how the human body works --> an increase in dietary cholesterol does not mean an increase in blood cholesterol. I am going to explain, with the help of several resources, why you should not be afraid to eat a few eggs every morning.
Let me start out by saying I eat a well balanced diet with a conscious effort to consume the right amount of macronutrients, fiber, and vitamins, I exercise daily, and I am of a healthy body weight --> all important factors in determining someone’s risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and serum cholesterol levels. Now, I am not supporting that someone who suffers from high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), is of an unhealthy body weight, or suffers from diabetes or other metabolic diseases go consume excess amounts of eggs (see medical physician). Instead, I am supporting that healthy individuals should consume eggs without the fear of raising their risk of CVD.
Here are some of the health benefits of eggs
What does the research say about egg consumption and dietary cholesterol?
I came across a very recent article by Robert Eckel titled “Eggs and beyond: is dietary cholesterol no longer important?” (4). In the article, Robert explains that the 2013 AHA Lifestyle Guidelines for Reduction of CVD and the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines have indicated that the evidence for dietary cholesterol restriction to lower total and LDL cholesterol is insufficient.
“Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern in overconsumption”